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2003 Toyota Highlander SUV

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Toyota Highlander Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 220 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Toyota Highlander

  • Need SUV utility but don't want any unnecessary bulk or fuel bills? The Highlander could very well suit your needs.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Roomy cabin, carlike ride and handling, clean styling.

  • Cons

    Gets expensive quickly, limited towing and off-road ability.

  • What's New for 2003

    There are no changes for the Highlander this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

New owner-wierd issues

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I just purchased the Toyota Highlander 2003 and upon purchasing the vehicle I was very happy. The check engine light came on shortly after purchase and apparently the cause is a bad "ECM" board in the SUV. I am not sure if this is common but I have experienced this problem. I love the vehicle otherwise and plan on driving it for a while. Currently at 82K hope it lasts to 200K without major repairs.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Long hauls

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Only one problem with vehicle: the drivers bench seat is too short and causes extreme leg pain on an extended trip. I frequently drive for 10 and 12 hour stretches, and the bench does not provide enough support for me. I am 6 ft. tall, so I cannot imagine how a taller person fairs in this vehicle. Overall, the car has been trouble free.



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Hl in russia

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Very good car for cold climate. Very smooth ride on bumpy roads in Russia. Got it at 72K miles and run 50k more within 30 months. No problems with the car so far.




Rock solid

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

This is my 4th Toyota (1st Highlander), after 1 Corolla & 2 Camry's prior. All stellar. I am not an impulsive buyer and not made out of money, so researched this purchase thoroughly. With Toyota's build quality, could not see spending big $ on a new one, or even a 3-year-old off lease model. Have only owned for about a month. Car has 52K miles & is ROCK SOLID, much as I had suspected it would be. At 7 years old, it drives like it's brand new. Will go to 200K miles no doubt.




Vanilla

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I've owned the Highlander for five years now and have never gotten used to the exterior styling. It's about as vanilla (plain) as they come. The interior is well done, however, and the car provides a very comfortable ride, although it's a bit noisy at highway speed. Reliability and quality are good - just as one might expect from Toyota. However, if you're looking for good styling and a powerful, fun car to drive this is not it - nor is any Toyota for that matter. The car lacks style and horsepower and has no towing capacity. Most importantly, it lacks rear interior space and can only carry four to five adults. (Only small children can fit in the optional rear seat.)




My favorite car

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I've owned/co-owned 9 cars. This one is my favorite. No problems at all in 57,000 miles.



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What's New for 2003

There are no changes for the Highlander this year.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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